thursday. possibly meet with congressional leaders. start working the phones, trying to move this forward because, frankly, when you talk to administration officials in private, they admit this is pretty tall right now because the president hasn't had a conversation with speaker boehner since last friday. now, if there is any hope in any of this, it's the fact that the president's aides say that both he and the speaker before they left washington on friday and saturday made clear that maybe christmas could provide a cooling off period that will bring them back together. take a listen. >> everybody can drink some eggnog, have some christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols. enjoy the company of loved ones. >> hope springs eternal and i know we have in it to come together and do the right thing. blessed merry christmas.